Police, sheriffs applaud Trump for lifting military gear ban

“Police and sheriffs applauded President Donald Trump for lifting a ban on delivering surplus military equipment to local and state police,” according to Newsmax.com. “The ban had been installed during President Barack Obama’s administration.

“The National Sheriffs’ Association issued the praise in a Monday statement.

“We applaud the president’s actions, and we are encouraged to see him acting on this important issue that we have vocally advocated for,” the association said in the statement.

“Across the country we have seen how valuable this equipment has been to local law enforcement from San Bernardino to Orlando in fighting terrorism, but also by saving lives in floods in South Carolina and snow storms in North Dakota, just to name a few,” the association said, according to the statement.

“The Fraternal Order of Police also issued a statement applauding the policy change.

“‘The previous administration was more concerned about the image of law enforcement being too ‘militarized’ than they were about our safety,’ said Chuck Canterbury, the Fraternal Order of Police’s national president, in the statement.

“The sheriffs’ association said sheriffs could get equipment through the program they could not otherwise be able to pay for, such as ‘additional bulletproof vests and Kevlar helmets, upgraded safety equipment, as well as larger equipment such as helicopters and robotics.’

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “Police, sheriffs applaud Trump for lifting military gear ban”

  1. To be undone soon as TRUMP/PENCE are out of WH and/or in jail. Cop Statements is 💩. COPS NOT MILITARY AND WILL LEAD to more hate of cops and cost many cops, sad to say, many more dead cops. Perhaps even in PODUNKVILLE. SICK.

  2. “When the Pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has come.” from “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder. What on Earth do local police even need military hardware for? When you combine ICE and local non-sanctuary police and sheriffs armed with military equipment, you have a recipe for suppression which breeds oppression and tyranny. What are they afraid of, their own citizens who disagree with the politics of a mentally unstable leader and his cadre of morons and goons? The brownshirts in Germany in the early 1930’s used threats of violence and violence to stifle opposition. The republicans in congress are now formulating laws that would limit a citizens right to gather (protest). this is draconian and people need to wake up to the police state (not unlike N. Korea) that is coalescing where throngs turn out to praise trump…. or else.

  3. “What on Earth do local police even need military hardware for?” The gun manufacturers lobby (NRA) has made it so the right wing militias outgun most small police forces. 50 cal? no problem.
    full auto? no problem—- The cops are scared of their own people.
    -Courtesy of the Birther White Nationalist family in the White House-
    coming to a “hunting enthusiast” near you——- silencers.

  4. How useful has the Sheriff Royal’s tank been to the County or is it to expensive to run/maintain ? or is it just seating in some parking lot rotting/rusting ?

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